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The New Ethos Nottingham Housing Journey: From Release to Independent Living

The New Ethos Nottingham Housing Journey: From Release to Independent Living

Timeline steps quick read:

1, prison release New ethos liaising with Nacro worker. 2, Referal into new ethos by probation, Nacro, Probation officer, or support worker. 3, Assessment by the NEN team for housemate matching and to manage risk and move-in. 4, Lifeskills and key work sessions around support needs. 5, Move on support plan put in place. 6, Housemate moves on to independent living.

Welcome to Life at NEN, in this post we will be covering the timeline steps of our service users from prison release or NFA to Independent living.

New Ethos Nottingham Housing is a supervised supported semi-independent hostel in the heart of Nottingham we work closely with Nacro, Nottingham probation, and many other organizations in the supported housing industry to break the cycle of prison release to homeless.

We have a very hands-on approach with how we run New Ethos Nottingham to make sure that we are in touch with our service users' wants and needs from talking to our service users we know that usually they do not want to move into a hostel and that it is something that they would usually avoid before even giving at a look in, and that it would make it easier if they knew what to expect. We have a page that gives you a snippet into Life at NEN so if you want to learn more then please click here.


1. Starting Point: Criminal Justice Touchpoint

Upon release from prison, if a person is of No Fixed Abode (NFA), on a license, or even sofa surfing, our first criterion is that they should be connected with the criminal justice system. This ensures that they have the right support structure in place.

2. Referral Process

We accept referrals made on behalf of these individuals by their support workers, Nacro workers, or probation officers. Importantly, direct or self-referrals are not entertained as we ensure that our service users have the appropriate external support structure in place.

3. Personal Assessment and Move-In

At New Ethos Nottingham, we believe in creating a supportive and cohesive community. Therefore, a one-on-one meeting is arranged with potential housemates to ensure a mutual fit between the individual's needs and what our hostel offers. If the assessment is favorable, the individual is welcomed into our community. Upon moving in, each housemate is provided with a bed, bedding, towel, toiletries, and food to help them settle comfortably.

4. Life Skills and Key Work Sessions

Every individual's journey is unique, and to support this, we have an open-door policy. Whether our housemates need guidance, support, or just someone to talk to, we are here for them. These sessions aim to equip them with the skills and confidence required to thrive outside our premises.

5. Preparing for the Future: Move-On Support

After three enriching months with us, we understand our housemates better — their aspirations, needs, and the support they require. This period culminates in a 'Move-On Assessment', which is designed to help our housemates start planning their next steps. From this assessment, we guide them in making applications to local authorities and preparing for independent living.

6. Independent Living

The ultimate goal is to see our housemates successfully transition to accommodations tailored to their needs. With all the skills, confidence, and support they've garnered during their stay, we are confident in their ability to embrace independent living wholeheartedly.

This journey reflects New Ethos Nottingham's commitment to reintegration and ensuring every individual has the chance to rebuild their life post-release. We believe in second chances and are here to provide the necessary support every step of the way.

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